About Injury Care and Frequently Asked Questions
We Offer the Best Care
At Kinetic health we have a success rate that exceeds 90% for the treatment of soft-tissue and musculoskeletal injuries.
We have achieved this high level of success because of our unique combination of diagnostic techniques and integrated treatments approach.
We are very specific about what we treat, and we refer problems that do not fall into the category of musculoskeletal conditions to other specialists.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Read the following frequently asked questions to understand both our approach for resolving these types of conditions and how we can help you.
What procedures do you use to diagnose my condition?
We use standard orthopedic and neurological tests to rule out the possibility of any pathological conditions. If you have suffered any type of trauma, such as a “motor vehicle accident”, we may require an X-ray (X-rays are covered by Alberta Health Care).
We perform a biomechanical analysis to find hidden restrictions that affect your mobility, strength, and flexibility. This biomechanical analysis lets us:
Determine which structures are affected along the entire kinetic chain of the body.
Pay attention to more than just the chief area of complaint. For example, a patient with a knee injury will often have accompanying restrictions in a multitude of soft-tissue structures above and below the knee. These must also be treated to effectively resolve the problem.
We identify the antagonistic structures (opposing muscle groups) to the primary structures which are causing the biomechanical imbalances. Since every body-action is based upon balance and coordination, the opposing soft-tissue structure is always affected by restrictions in the primary structure. Both these structures must be treated in order to properly resolve any soft-tissue condition.
We give each patient a copy of their diagnosis, as well as a list of structures that we will be treating!
You always know what we are doing!
We use the information that we gather to create a customized treatment plan that addresses your soft-tissue dysfunctions.
This information allows us to apply appropriate treatment methods such as, Motion Specific Release, Active Release, Graston, Manipulation, and Massage to restore full function to the affected structures.
What type of treatments do you recommend and how long do the treatments take?
Our treatment recommendations vary greatly depending on the diagnosed condition, how long the condition has existed, and the current health status of the patient.
With this in mind, here are some of the general guideline that we follow:
f the condition falls within our scope of practice as a musculoskeletal condition, we will recommend an appropriate treatment modality which has a successful track record for treating your condition.
If the condition does not appear to be musculoskeletal in nature, we will make the appropriate referral to an appropriate medical practitioner. We will not waste your time, or ours, if we cannot help you.
In terms of the type of treatments, we may recommend a combination of one or more of the following treatment modalities:
The length and number of treatments vary from individual to individual, and from condition to condition. However, we will clearly define the expected number of treatments, and the expected length of time. We expect to see measurable results within even short period of time.For example we may recommend 3 treatments a week for two weeks, with real results at the end of that period. In many cases this is all the treatment that are needed to resolve the condition.If the condition does not resolve, or if no positive change is seen during the defined treatment period, then we will recommend discontinuation of the treatment. However, we have a very high success rate of over 90% for most conditions, and are generally able to provide real changes in the expected time-period.
Our primary goal is to resolve your condition as soon as possible.
We give finite treatment times from when we start to when we finish.
We put our treatment protocols in writing.
We give you a written description of your treatment program so that you always understand what we are doing.
What is your training and expertise in these procedures?
Dr. Abelson is an instructor of Active Release Techniques (ART)and the co-author of the first book written for the general public about ART – Release Your Pain – Resolving Repetitive Strain Injuries with Active Release Techniques.
He graduated with an award for clinical excellence and has been in clinical practice for over 18 years. Dr. Abelson’s associates include some of the best practitioners that he has found while teaching and practicing.
Do exercises form part of your treatment protocols?
We believe that effective, focused exercises play an important role in the healing and regeneration of damaged tissues.
Exercise programs form a critical component of our treatment protocols.
Each of our patients receives appropriate exercises for their soft-tissue condition.
Our exercises are based on four basic principles: flexibility, strength, balance and proprioception, and cardiovascular function.
Good flexibility enables muscles and joints to move through their full range of motion. Poor flexibility leads to a higher chance of injury to muscles, tendons, and ligaments.
Flexibility is joint-specific; a person may have excellent range of motion at one joint, yet be restricted in another.
Stretching exercises help to realign new tissue that is being laid down in the direction of the muscle fibers.
Without appropriate stretches, new scar tissue may form in weak random patterns, resulting in new restrictions and problems.
Strength training is essential in the rehabilitation of any injury.
Tissues goes through a remodeling phase which takes from six month to a year.
When new tissue is laid down to repair an area, it is very thin and weak.
During the remodeling phase, this tissue will increase to over ten times its original diameter if the appropriate weight training exercise are applied against it.
Without weight or strength training the probability of re-injury remains high.
Balance and Proprioception
Proprioception describes the body’s ability to react appropriately (through balance and touch) to external forces.
Proprioception exercises should begin early in the rehabilitation process.
Effective proprioception exercises are designed to restore the kinesthetic awareness of the patient.
Proprioceptive exercises form the basis for the agility, strength, and endurance required for complete rehabilitation.
Cardiovascular or aerobic exercises are essential for restoring good circulation and for increasing oxygen delivery to soft-tissues.
Lack of oxygen and poor circulation is a primary accelerator of injuries.
Obviously, the success of this portion of the treatment protocol is highly dependant upon patient compliance! We encourage our patients to take a proactive role in their treatment by performing the exercises that we provide.
Should I tell my family physician about my treatment program?
Absolutely Yes! We believe that good communication between your different medical practitioners is critical to ensuring that you receive the best possible care.
To keep your family physician informed and involved, we provide the following information:
Treatment summation is given to every patient at the completion of the initial visit.
A copy of our findings is sent to your family physician.
A summary of our results, upon completion of treatment, is sent to your family physician.
Our success rate, combined with our open communication policy, has resulted in numerous practitioners, from many disciplines, referring their patients to our clinic.